August 29, 2006

WHO ARE “GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE”?
FROM National Prayer Network:

"This past week, members of our staff attended a pro-Zionist film in Portland, OR, entitled Israel: Fulfilling Bible Prophecy, sponsored by Christians for Israel’s Biblical Land Rights, CIBLR (ciblr.com).

"The film says that because all Jews are God’s 'chosen people', they have a divine right to occupy the whole Promised Land, from the Mediterranean to Lebanon to the Euphrates River. Those who resist or question this mandate are in opposition to God!

"In addition, CIBLR asks Christians not to convert Jews. They share the 'holy Jew' mentality so prevalent among evangelicals throughout the past century. It says Jews are so good, and yet have been so persecuted, that Christians should not lay upon them the added burden of being 'targeted' for conversion, nor should their tender ears be compelled to hear the name of Jesus in public prayers.

"Evangelicals increasingly believe God has a special covenant of salvation with the Jewish people, and it doesn’t include Jesus Christ. After all, since 'God’s chosen people' are above criticism and virtually incapable of doing wrong, why do they need need Jesus?

"To address this stubborn sentiment, I am reprinting an earlier article, 'Who are God’s Chosen People?'

"WARNING: This article contains much undistorted Holy Scripture, very hazardous to misconceptions!

"WHO ARE 'GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE'?
By Rev. Ted Pike

"There is a simple, biblical answer to that question: all who trust in Jesus Christ, giving God the same trust and obedience that faithful Abraham gave, are, in spiritual terms, 'the Israel of God.' St. Paul defines spiritual Israel in Galatians: “It is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.” (3:6) “Those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.” (3:9) 'And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.' (3:29)" (continued)

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